Memphis and Indianapolis 

"A big man in a turquoise suit stands outside B.B. King's Blues Club and nods to a passer-by on world-famous Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.

"How y'all doin?" Three shirtless boys do handsprings down the street's center -- closed to cars during the evenings. Diners jam sidewalk cafes and shoppers eye the voodoo dolls on sale at Tater Red's. The street scene of this historic district thumps with blues music; the smoky smell o barbecue hangs in the air. ..."

"The Sacramento Bee sent a reporter to Memphis and Indianapolis to evaluate the economic and social impact of those cities' NBA arenas. Sacramento is in the midst of a civic debate over whether to grant the owners of the Sacramento Kings public money to finance the building of a new arena. Read it all here. (The only questionable part of the story is the claim that "150 acres" adjacent to the FedExForum were going to be developed.) One hundred and fifty acres!!!? Are they talking about razing Midtown?


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